Issue 124
Jun - Aug 2009

In the summer issue of frieze Jan Verwoert cracks the codes of Conceptual art.

Dominic Eichler examines the humour, absurdity and social criticism that have shaped the career of artist Thomas Bayrle.

Jennifer Higgie discusses the persistent and enigmatic subject throughout art history of women turning away.

Musician David Grubbs in conversation with experimental artist, filmmaker and composer Tony Conrad. In Lindsay Seers‘ films and installations, Tom Morton suggests that the truth is not what it seems. Joan Jonas talks to artist and composer Alan Curran about myth, music and history in her video and performance art. Also featuring two special artist projects by Enrico David and Jeffrey Vallance.

In ‘City Report: Dublin’ Brian Dillon and Maeve Connolly find that despite the decline of Ireland’s economy, Dublin’s artist-run and institutional spaces are thriving.

From this issue

Culture Digest

Dirty Projectors (Domino, 2009)

BY Sam Thorne | 28 JUN 09
Culture Digest

Various Artists (Mordant Music, 2009)

BY Daniel Trilling | 26 JUN 09
Culture Digest

Judith Butler (Verso, London, 2009)

BY Mark Fisher | 25 JUN 09
City Report

Despite the decline of Ireland’s ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy, Dublin’s artist-run and institutional spaces are thriving

BY Brian Dillon | 23 JUN 09
Article

Cracking the codes of Conceptual art

BY Jan Verwoert | 22 JUN 09
Article

The persistent and enigmatic subject of women turning away

BY Jennifer Higgie | 22 JUN 09

Human cameras, fortune tellers, unreliable memories – in Lindsay Seers’ work, the truth is not what it seems

BY Tom Morton | 17 JUN 09

Joan Jonas talks about the evolution of her work and the importance of myth, music and history to her thinking

BY Alvin Curran | 16 JUN 09

Various locations, New Zealand

BY Max Delany | 16 JUN 09

Parody, intrigue and innuendo; time travel, referentiality and social comedy

BY Jörg Heiser | 16 JUN 09

What do you wish you knew? At this moment, I wish I knew how to answer your questionnaire

BY Sophie Calle | 15 JUN 09

In an ongoing series, frieze asks an artist, curator or writer to list the books that have influenced them

BY Mark Pilkington | 12 JUN 09

Bohemianism, grass-roots activism, urban regeneration and the voices of the dead

BY Melissa Gronlund | 10 JUN 09

Ghosts in popular culture are being replaced. What does this reveal about our changing attitudes to death?

BY Sarah Khan | 08 JUN 09

A recent performance about masculinity and sport revealed cultural exclusion within the art world

BY Christopher Bedford | 06 JUN 09

What it means to have countless namesakes on Google

BY Jennifer Allen | 04 JUN 09

The intertwining of business, finance, art and numerology

BY George Pendle | 03 JUN 09

Enigmas, paradoxes and riddles: photographs of sculptures and sculptures of photographs

03 JUN 09

Thomas Bayrle’s long and varied career as an artist reveals a sensibility shaped in equal parts by humour, absurdity and social criticism

BY Dominic Eichler | 02 JUN 09

Panoramic historical narratives are alive and well in the world of comics

BY Robert Storr | 02 JUN 09

Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, USA

BY Kristin M. Jones | 02 JUN 09

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China

BY Carol Yinghua Lu | 02 JUN 09

Wall texts in museums and galleries are meant to elucidate and educate, why are most badly written, full of jargon, and painfully reductive?

BY Tom Morton | 01 JUN 09
Culture Digest

Mulatu Astatke/The Heliocentrics (Strut Records, 2009)

BY Dan Fox | 01 JUN 09

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

BY Kate Fowle | 01 JUN 09

Various Venues, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

BY Jonathan Griffin | 01 JUN 09

Tate Liverpool, UK

BY Martin Herbert | 01 JUN 09

New Museum, New York, USA

BY Anne Wehr | 01 JUN 09

Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

BY Amanda Coulson | 01 JUN 09

South London Gallery, UK

BY Kate Forde | 01 JUN 09

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

BY Christopher Bedford | 01 JUN 09

Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany

BY Jennifer Allen | 01 JUN 09

westlondonprojects, London, UK

BY Sam Thorne | 01 JUN 09

Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

BY Jakob Neulinger | 01 JUN 09

Generator Projects, Dundee, UK

BY Colin Perry | 01 JUN 09

Santa Monica Museum of Art, USA

BY Quinn Latimer | 01 JUN 09

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

BY Kirsty Bell | 01 JUN 09

Modern Art Oxford, UK

BY Nav Haq | 01 JUN 09

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

BY Melissa E. Feldman | 01 JUN 09

Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany

BY Kirsty Bell | 01 JUN 09

Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

BY Michael Hübl | 01 JUN 09

Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA

BY Ingrid Chu | 01 JUN 09

Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden

BY Ronald Jones | 01 JUN 09

MUDAM, Luxembourg

BY Christy Lange | 01 JUN 09

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA

BY Ara H. Merjian | 01 JUN 09

Artist, composer and filmmaker Tony Conrad in conversation

BY David Grubbs | 01 JUN 09
Culture Digest

Mark von Schlegell (Semiotext(e), Los Angeles, 2009)

BY Colin Perry | 18 MAY 09
Culture Digest

Owen Hatherley (Zero Books, Winchester, 2009)

BY Oliver Wainwright | 17 MAY 09

Et tu Brute, then fall, Caesar! 

15 MAY 09
Article

A project by Jeffrey Vallance

BY Jeffrey Vallance | 01 MAY 09